The amateur city championship is organized by golf farm manager Angela Aulenti and her staff and is one of the sport’s most honored traditions.
Olinte said this year is special for myriad reasons.
“Anniversaries make it different, but also, this is one of the biggest fields we’ve had in recent years,” Olinte said. “We have Calloway Golf as sponsor and we have a lot of really good players with low handicaps who have signed up to play.”
The City Tournament has always felt like a bigger tournament as players announce their names in their first tee chest.
In 2021, Jason Jaworski won the men’s trip and Janet Chajaris won the women’s trip.
“People really love this tournament at Stamford. We really try to make it look like a big tournament. For the people who play, it’s like their US Open,” Olinte said. D was just as excited. This event builds a lot of camaraderie among the city’s golfers. The way we run it makes people feel special.”
Jaworoski has won the men’s title seven times and will start at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday.
Chajaris will kick off at 10:30 a.m. in a group that includes 2019 Women’s Champion Sydney Bardsley.
Golfers will be taking part in 36 holes of golf starting Saturday in hopes of being crowned champions for the city on nine rides, including men’s, women’s and Ben Hogan’s first division as well as trips for various disabilities.
The presence of two public golf courses distinguishes Stamford from neighboring towns which have either all private golf clubs or just one public course.
“It’s a huge advantage for people in the city. There aren’t many cities that have one golf course, let alone two,” Olinte said. “We are fortunate that the boards of directors at both venues want to host this event and want it to be at its best. Being able to host this at both events is very special.”
The E. Gaynor Brennan Municipal Golf Course is a public 18-hole golf course near downtown. It was originally opened as a private golf course that opened in the 1920s as Hubbard Heights. Many local golfers still refer to them as “The Highlands.” It opened for public play to Stamford residents on April 1, 1949.
Sterling Farms is an 18-hole golf course set on 144 acres of an active dairy farm.
Originally designed by architect Jeffrey Cornish in 1969 and renovated by architect Robert McNeill in 2005, the 72nd session opened in the spring of 1972.
Since the pandemic, both courses have seen an influx of golfers on the links with more than 100,000 rounds of golf being played on the two courses in 2020 and 2021.
Across the board this year, there are 20-30 more golfers than last year.
“There has been more interest in playing golf at Stamford over the past two years,” said Olente. “Stamford is a passing city so we have a real mix of people who are new to the city and people who have lived here their whole lives. We have a lot of young players this year with really good disabilities. One of the goals I have is to have the junior championship but we don’t have that yet. We have some Good high school golfers in the men’s section and a few on the other outings.”
At Stirling Farms Golf Course
7:30 a.m.; Andrew, Scott; Fagnon, Dennis. Yeats, Tom
7:40 a.m. MacDonald, Mike; Whitsell, Robert. Singh, Harry
7:50 a.m. Bumpus, Griffin; Smith, Taylor; Manis, Angad
8:00 a.m. Corbo, Michael; Aalto, Jean; Dandrea, Craig
8:10 a.m. Sluga, Robbie; Jaworsky, Jason; Wiseman, Bart
8:20 a.m. McCabe, Declan; Tedesco, Tony. Colucci, Robert
8:30 a.m. MCMonagle, Cahal; Blackinton, Ted; Hellenmeyer, Ted
8:40 a.m. Adams, Glenn; Lambrinakos, Stephen; Morehead, Matthew
8:50 a.m. Russo, Jimmy; Caggainello, Scott; McCarthy, Michael
9:00 a.m. Fetty, Ralph; Bizchkian, Kevan; McHugh, Joseph
9:10 a.m. Rubino, Frank; Somody, Brian; Civitano, Dominic
9:20 a.m. Patton, George; Stezel, Andrew; Hey Andre. Ferraro, Jonathan
9:30 a.m. Freesia, Maxwell; King, Martin; Ksiazk, Alan; Mazola, Alex
9:50 a.m. McGroarty, Jack; Quintong, Joel; Molina, Paul
10:00 a.m. Mazer, Seizo; felt, Joe; John SanFilippo
10:10 a.m. Murphy, Jason; Duggan, Ian; Lyons, Timothy; Boland, Ryan
10:20 a.m. Welf, Mike; Nellis, Dan. Vital, Josh; Kanora, Lenny
10:30 a.m. Ratana, Ciara; Bardsley, Sydney; Chajaris, Janet
10:40 a.m. Frataroli, Carol; Jennifer Kaplan Romano, Donna
10:50 a.m. Wiedenheffer, Sarah; White, Gina. Johnson, Jackie
11:00 AM Clark, Sharon. Kabat, Cindy; Morano, Laura. Goldbeer, Taylor
11:10 a.m. Acampora, Ann; King, Melanie; Lindvall, Holly
11:30 a.m. Frataroli, Richard; Cook, Jim; Takahashi, Yoshifumi; Anthony Jiamo
11:40 a.m. Jamieson, Douglas; Allen, Kyle; Sieglar, John
11:50 a.m. McNamara, Noel; Streffler, Stephen. Quester, Jacob
12:00 PM Mitchell, Chips; Brown, Scott; Miller, Evan
12:10 p.m. David Kaplowitz; Patrick Dillon. Terai, Jesus
12:20 p.m. Durkin, Sean; Vaccaro, Paul; Yerenides, Tom
12:30 p.m. Stonkel, Brian; Flynn, Dermot; Imbrogno, Rico
12:40 p.m. Moody, Keenan; Burkett, Tom. Rollins, Markham; Lau, Denise
12:50 p.m. Palladino, Joseph; Morano, Bill; Collins, Gregory
1:00 PM Shaikh, Junaid; Clashman, Fred; Murray, John
1:10 p.m. Tedesco, Jared; Silver, Peter; Chilinskas, David
1:20 p.m. Snider Andrew; Williams, Tom. Mofero, Jim; Matrolo, Eric
1:30 p.m. Saltarelli, Guido; O’Connor, Chris; Gordon, Dylan
1:40 PM Dumpf, Richard; McDonough, Stephen. McDonough, Connor